Friday, January 30, 2015

I'm sorry my Wolfhound bit your Saxon!

 Ireland 'A' flanker Sean O'Brien looks for the ball
 Sean O'Brien (

It’s NEARLY the Six Nations, and tonight we have a teaser, an aperitif if you like for the main event.  Ireland have put out a really strong starting 15, am I right that only Jack Conan is uncapped. The pack is fairly Leinster heavy, with  Iain Henderson the only player not fortunate enough to be plying his trade in Dublin. I’m joking! I am surprised not to see Tommy O’Donnell and a few others – probably Robbie Diack starting. It’s a bit early, and at too high a level to be bringing back SOB, in my opinion. The backline looks very fast and skilled, I’d never have put Earls into centre but let’s see.

The Saxons have also put out a strong looking team, so it’s going to be a good old fashioned full blooded encounter I’d say! BRING IT ON!

Irish Wolfhounds:

Felix Jones (captain), Fergus McFadden, Keith Earls, Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald; Ian Madigan, Kieran Marmion; Jack McGrath, Richardt Strauss, Mike Ross; Iain Henderson, Mike McCarthy; Dominic Ryan, Sean O'Brien, Jack Conan


Rob Herring, Michael Bent, Nathan White, Robbie Diack; Eoin McKeon, Isaac Boss, Noel Reid, Craig Gilroy


Pennell (Worcester), C Ashton (Saracens), E Daly (Wasps), S Burgess (Bath), H Slade (Exeter), L Dickson (Northampton, capt), M Mullan (Wasps), R Webber (Bath), H Thomas (Bath), M Garvey (Bath), J Gaskell (Wasps), D Ewers (Exeter), M Kvesic (Gloucester), T Waldrom (Exeter).

Replacements: L Cowan Dickie (Exeter), A Waller (Northampton), J Cooper-Woolley (Wasps), M Itoje (Saracens), C Fearns (Bath), J Simpson (Wasps), O Devoto (Bath), C Wade (Wasps).

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